2016 Winter Trek travel blog

Route to Point South KOA

US 17 in South Carolina

Winnie among the puddles at Point South

Old Sheldon Church Ruins






Bull Family graves



Lizard on the church wall





Tomotley Plantation entrance

The plantation oak alley


Today's route to Charleston

US 17 is 4 lanes and pretty smooth - better than I95

Winnie at Oak Plantation Campground

We finally found a place to stay last night. Point South KOA in Yemansee, SC had one site with water and electric open. It turned out to be a nice location although a little expensive, but with my accumulated KOA rewards points it only cost $25. The campground was a little wet because of all the rain on Sunday. They had nearly 4 in. of rain in this part of SC know as the Low Country so there's not many places for the water to drain to. A nice surprise was that this KOA had a Cafe and Wine Bar. They have a wine tasting every night at 6:30. We tasted 6 or 7 area wines (Biltmore Estate, some from Hilton Head, NC, and VA). I tried sites from semi-dry to dry and Sue had white Zin and some other sweeter whites. We had a good time talking with the wine steward, a full timer from the Finger Lakes wintering in SC, a couple from Toughkenemon, PA, 4 or 5 miles from our house, and another PA full timer. This was quite surprise as we've never been at another campground with a wine bar. After the wine we had a Hunt Brothers pizza which wasn't too bad for being one of those gas station style pizzas.

Before the wine tasting I drove to the Old Sheldon Church Ruins just up US 17 from the campground. It was formerly known as Prince William Parish Church and was built between 1740 and 1755 with the first services held in 1757. It was named Sheldon after the William Bull family's ancestral home in England. The British burned the church in 1779 and it wasn't until 1826. It's current state resulted from local residents stripping the church for much needed building supplies after the Civil War, although local lore says it was burned by Union Forces in 1865 during Sherman's March to the Sea. The ruins are maintained by St. Helena's Parrish in Beaufort.

On the way to the ruins I passed the oak alley entrance to the Tomotley Plantation. It was established in 1698 and is one of the many old plantations in the area. I couldn't pass up an live oak alley so I stopped for some pictures. Hope you enjoy these as well as those of the Old Sheldon Church.

We are at Oak Plantation Campground just outside of Charleston. We'll be here until next Monday or Tuesday. I'll be starting the photo worship tomorrow afternoon so probably won't be posting until after we're done because Ed Heaton workshops run from before sunrise to after sunset. You get your money's worth. Stay tuned for some pictures from the workshop toward the end of the week or on the weekend.

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